Dienogest is used to reduce the painful symptoms of both endometriosis and the lesions. It decreases the amount of estrogen, a type of female hormones, and thus, slows the growth of the tissue outside the womb.
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the one lining the inside of the womb, known as the endometrium, can be found outside the womb itself or on other nearby organs such as the pelvic wall ovaries, bladder and bowel. The tissue growth is fueled by estrogen, and may develop into painful lesions.
Side effects tend to occur during the first few months of taking dienogest, and reduces or goes away after a period of treatment. Inform your doctor if these side effects become bothersome.
Rare but serious side effects include the formation of blood clot. However, this side effect is rare and the doctor would have evaluated and weighed its benefits over risks before prescribing the medication for you.
The symptoms of blood clot include one or more of the following:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Some medications including antibiotics, antifungals and St John’s wort may affect how Dienogest works or be affected by Dienogest. Please inform other healthcare professionals about the medication you are taking if you are seeing them for other medical conditions.
Avoid taking grapefruit when you are taking this medicine as grapefruit may interact with your medicine and increase the risk of side-effects.
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.